Submitted by Rashmi on Tue, 2016-12-13 16:50 Bengaluru: The BBMP will start a 45-day awareness drive from Dec 15 on garbage segregation, which is likely to become mandatory from Feb 1 next year.Sarfaraz Khan, Joint Commissioner (solid waste management), said the awareness drive spanning 45 days would give residents ample time to realise the importance of segregation of waste at source. The joint commissioner said the campaign would also presentations at schools, colleges and public places."The tipper vans or lorries collecting garbage must have separate dustbins for dry and wet waste,” said Khan, who said that a helpline would be started to lodge complaints against the contractor if he didn’t provide separate bins to pourakarmikas. “The Palike would act sternly against the contractor," he added.The BBMP will also hold a meeting with Residents'Welfare Association, NGO's and residents in all the eight zones of the city.According to BBMP officials, after the segregation is made mandatory, any violation would lead to a penalty of Rs 50 to Rs 500. Apart from this, the BBMP will also impose hefty penalties on garbage contractors if the pourakarmikas collect garbage without segregation it.